MADISON (WKOW) -- The Financial Aid Office at UW-Madison is offering financial services and resources to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students who are enrolled at UW have the option to apply for an emergency support fund.
It’s intended to give monetary support through grants and loans to help undergraduates with food, housing, and other circumstances through the remainder of the spring semester.
You can fill out the emergency assistance form online to describe your unexpected emergency and indicate resources that you need during this time.
The Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Justin Mumford, said the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) already received 3000 requests and they hope to continue helping students on a daily basis.
“There’s a lot of different circumstances going on and so we do have that funding set aside in addition to their earnings,” Mumford said. “Most importantly, the group of students that maybe don’t have the ability to work, we’re really working hard to try to support them.”
According to Mumford, once students submit the emergency assistance form online, an advisor in the OSFA will contact the student back in about two days and provide them the best support they can based on their request and needs.
“Depending on the student’s situation, we’re really tailoring that message to support them.” Mumford said. “It’s not always financial support, it can be housing, recreational well-being, mental health support, and the list goes on.”
The university is also working to support over 10,000 student employees at UW-Madison.
The OSFA developed a student income continuation plan for student employees where they will continue to receive income through the end of the academic term, which ends on May 23rd.
More information on this income continuation plan can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website.
The OSFA recently released a new job board for student workers who are currently unemployed, called the Student Help Re-Deployment Initiative.
It’s a resource that is only visible for students who are current UW-Madison employees that are unable to work remotely in their current job.
Mumford said students who are hired through this new job board will get trained remotely and employers will allow the students to work from home.
The OSFA will decide how to proceed with these services and resources once the spring semester ends.
“Right now, we’re really focused on the immediate needs of students and supporting them through the end of the semester.” Mumford said. “Then as we get a better idea of what summer looks like, we’ll be able to go from there.”